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Etcetera Tells GEJ: Millions are Hungry. Why Are You Dining with Celebs?

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etcetera-ejikemeOutspoken singer-turned-writer Etcetera is not happy with President Goodluck Jonathan because according to him, there are millions of hungry people in Nigeria and so Jonathan shouldn’t be dining with celebrities.

According to Punch, he expressed his displeasure via the following article:

Once again, Nollywood and President Jonathan are disconnected from the priorities of Nigerians. Millions are hungry and the country is headed off a cliff and what we get is the President having weekly dinner with celebs at Eko Hotel.

Mr. President should know that all entertainers in the country won’t amount to a spoon of water in the bucket of our population. I agree that our entertainers judging by recent behaviour are now seen as hungry men and women with insatiable appetite, but Mr. President, the larger part of the society are equally hungry and should be fed as well. Why feed just the entertainers? Isn’t that discrimination? What will the entertainers say to Jonathan except the usual lies and half truths? Can a man with a mouthful of undeserved food speak or say the truth? An assessment of the lifestyle of these entertainers gives a false picture of the situation of things as it affects the society at large.

I got your invite for the first dinner which held at Eko Hotel and I boycotted it because I felt that any event by the government at this point in time should be about reassuring the people that the government feels their pains deeply with promises of working tirelessly to bring an end to the underlying causes of such situations in this country, not getting together to eat small chops and samosa while most Nigerians are languishing.

It was very embarrassing waking up the next morning to see our shameless celebrities posing with their invites on social media which invariably means they are telling their fans and the masses who brought them to fame that they are enjoying the good life and everyone else can go to hell.

One entertainer jokingly asked why the President is having these dinners with (the same set of) celebs all the time. I wanted to attribute it to youth empowerment but on a second thought, If Mr. President has a genuine interest in youth empowerment, hosting a few entertainers doesn’t cut across as empowering the youth. I think Mr. President has been wrongly advised that entertainers can be used to influence the Nigerian youths and electorate.

These entertainers can’t influence votes within their families. Another thing is, if Mr. President must have an interactive session with entertainers, he should consider a larger representation of entertainers from all parts of the country, not just those who ply their trade in the south. It will seem to most people that Mr. President is only interested in entertainers from the south. It is called the Nigerian entertainment industry not the South South and South East entertainment industry.

Has Mr. President taken over responsibilities of the Lagos State governor because he currently seems to enjoy greater visibility in the state than the governor and these visits come with a heavy cost to the state in terms of lost man hours caused by traffic along the routes to the event venue.

Streets are usually cordoned off by security personnel and a strange difficulty to use mobile phones in such areas, possibly because of the deployment of radio signal jamming devices by the operatives on guard in those areas. Residents of Lagos shouldn’t go through this because their President is in town. I’ll love to tell Mr. President that service, not celebrities, delivers votes.

49 Comments

  1. Missy J

    March 22, 2015 at 12:01 am

    ” These entertainers can’t influence votes within their families ” #word# I know thay will really hurt these entertainers.
    And same goes out to those using entertainers as their campaign tools.

  2. Ab luv

    March 22, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I love this guy,he always says the truth.Mr president use ur Brain don’t use mama peace brain cos its empty

  3. Modupe

    March 22, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Like my people say ‘gbam’… Enough said.

  4. Cici

    March 22, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Not only is he dining with celebs, the Chibok girls are still not found and mothers and families of these girls are still longing for their loved ones. And GEJ is out partying and giving out his own girls out in marriage, dining and wining with one celeb or another. His excuse is that the Chibok girls’ kidnapping is done by his enemies who paid Boko Haram; and so? Even if the girls were abducted by his political enemies and Boko Haram,he should go out there and show some strength and strong initiative to bring them back, not sweep the matter under the carpet hoping that it will someday go away and the girls will be forgotten. GEJ stand up and rid Nigeria of Boko Haram, period. Nigeria does not want another four years of PASSIVITY!

  5. Baby4u2

    March 22, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Well written, no insults, and I agree to the letter. Some celebrities can influence votes though, but not the the ones I have been seeing in the pictures with Jonathan. Just saying.

  6. PD Young Billionaire

    March 22, 2015 at 3:13 am

    #Word#

  7. fleur

    March 22, 2015 at 3:15 am

    “and so on and so forth”, let me say emphasize that you are entitled to your opinion. However, in meeting with celebrities, he is not trying to reach the masses directly. He is trying to leverage the reach of the celebrities to reach average people. That is a PR tactic that you may not like but it is a method. That is why Hollywood actors endorse products. You are not trying to sell to the actors. You are trying to reach people who are influenced by the actors. Now, returning to the issues elections are supposed to be made of, what exactly are the issues you believe he needs to address?

    • sarah

      March 22, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Tell dem oh, no respect 4 dia president

  8. Sunshine

    March 22, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Well ,the answer to your question is called March 28. How about that for an answer?

  9. Dovraki

    March 22, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Please tell this clueless President GEJ. His actions lately seems so contrived. Why can’t the president have town hall meetings with university students across the country? What is he afraid of? Probably that would expose the dilapidated schools that he claims to have funded. Just like he told Christiana Amanpour of CNN almost 2 years ago that Nigerians are enjoying 24 hours electricity and that they are happy. What a shameful lie that was, coming from the president of a whole Nigeria!

    GEJ, better make your second term have an impact on peoples lives. When I say “impact”, I mean “positive” one, because the “Misery index” in the country is too HIGH! We Nigerians are NOT asking for too much, just the basics, bcos we are naturally hardworking and entrepreneural.

    Ecetera, thanks for the write-up! If only he would even listen and comprehend. Although I suspect his “praise singers” would NOT let write-ups like this to reach him.

    I don talk my own O!

    • mrs chidukane

      March 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      OMG @Dovraki,i thought I was the only one who saw that Amanpour interview. I was so shocked. The way our President lies ehn,kai. So casually, its really appalling. He can never stand for anything. Always shifting blame

    • sarah

      March 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Clueless abi? Watin u know as a man always talking rubbish

  10. ms.b

    March 22, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Etc is lagos south south or south east? He kips having ds celeb parties cos he is clueless,

  11. moi

    March 22, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Etc jealousy bcos u where not invited.. all u do is hit on real celebrities bcos u are wasting away wit no single realeased for the past 50 yrs .. broda agbaya goan sit down!

    • Talabi

      March 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      You are such a douchebag! Moi moi head like you!

    • chaz

      March 22, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Actually he did say he received an invite but turned it down. This could be true or not. Either way turning up to these invites doesn’t mean you are in full support of the person, as you can go and see what they have to say, ask direct questions if possible and just see how the team operates, that alone can tell you alot about the person throwing the party. But I must say you attacking ETC says more about you than it does about him. Clearly you are possibly one of the very people who doesn’t care about the presidential issues and would take any chance to profit from such event. Unfortunately people like you and the very celebs he talks of are the people that in a way hold Nigeria back. And I accuse the celebs because not many have said anything about the coming elections but they collect anything they can from it. Where is the influence in that?

    • dora

      March 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      @moi
      Read the article well, etcetera said he got the invite but he boycotted it. From his statement even if he was invited 100 times he would not honor the invitation. He is not jealous of anything and that he has not release any song does not mean he is wasting away, he might have been busy doing things that are more important to him than releasing music.

  12. @edDREAMZ

    March 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Lmaooo… I thought this dude was once an entertainer??
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  13. Balogun Muiz

    March 22, 2015 at 7:25 am

    If all Nigerians could be as voiced as u are, I’m sure things won’t appear as easy as it does to Mr president… An opinion pool is essential, people are seriously in need of such medium owning to the fact that “people are suffering a lot “.

  14. lola

    March 22, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Etcetera forgot to mention the cost of renting a Hall in Eko hotel. Gej has been wasting Nigeria’s money since 19 kokoro.

  15. Joke

    March 22, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Nice one etcetera……..hungry entertainerss

  16. Gistyinka Blog

    March 22, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Whoa!!! I have been reading your articles online recently ,but this is the best of all you av written. The decision of Mr President dining with entertainers is long overdue ideal from his team, having another youth empowerment such as You WIN could av been a great ideal for the success of his re-election process. Most and few these entertainers will not vote for him or even converse their families or fans to vote for him. Good luck to Mr President, kudos to you Etcetera.

  17. Ogbole

    March 22, 2015 at 9:19 am

    The hunger in Nigeria didn’t start in GEJ time, and the president have been doing alot some f you against him have refused to see, this is an economy that is creating 1.4 million jobs annually…there has been a job creation deficit for over 30 years, we have 1.8 million people joining the labour market annually …so there is still a deficit of 400,000 jobs….

    The privatisation of the power sector can boost the economy to create over 4 million jobs in the next 10 years…but we refuse to believe things are working

    In the last 4 years , the foreign direct investment Nigeria has experienced cannot be compared to any government in Nigeria since independence…

    The automobile assembling companies alone will create 160,000 jobs this year alone

    There is sure-p, youwin, almajiri schools, new airports, 25,000km of federal road have been done in 4 years, etc

    The truth is that the Yoruba elite are only supporting Buhari APC because he picked a Yoruba man as Vice, would they have supported if he had picked Amaechi or Okorocha…the ibos and south south must unite, this is not the first time Yoruba are betraying us in the south, I discussed for 2 hours with my father today, and he really broke the whole thing to me….it’s only in the south we say let’s be objective …..
    Have you guys ever seen El Rufai insulting late president yar adua, despite he ran to exile because of him…GEJ is not the best, but they are only doing this to him because his from the minority…we south south should mark this down, we will regret this….President shehu shagar was a criminal, but the north still gave him second term….
    if we want to be fair to all regions in Nigeria , Yoruba did presidency for 8 years, …the highest ibo has done in 16 years is senate president ….southerners open your eyes,….it’s shameful that any ibo man will vote apc, a party that doesn’t even recognise you people, the senate presidency have been zoned to Bukola saraki….and you people are here talking about Apc
    so there is no ibo man that could have been Vice PresidentiCal candidate to Buhari right?…what happened to Olisa Agbakoba ,madam oby ezekwesi, pat utomi etc…lets wake up
    If we want to talk about been objective, are they couldn’t have gotten a good vice presidential candidate in the entire Ibo ( south east region) or south south
    This is an insult to these 2 region,
    if you see the federal civil , why we southerners are entering from level 7 and level 8, the northerner come as consultants for 2 years, after 3 years, they are made assistant director, why we southerners are still struggling to grow gradually, that is why you will see a northerner 45 years old is already a director or permanent secretary, a southerner will be 50 at assistant director, by the time hE or she is 55, he will now become a director @ 55″ they will retire him
    Look at the judiciary for example, the next 3 Chief Justice of the federation are from the north, why do you think it’s so…please check the last 4 chief justice of the federation…imagine this is civil service,….what happened to the office of character commission that is suppose to balance the whole thing, I work in Abuja …I know what is happening, you people are sitting on Facebook , and saying rubbish….i pity you….
    I don’t know if its the education we think we have that is making us in the south been stupid, is sanusi not educated, is el Rufai not educated, is bukola saraki not educated, why can’t they all be objective enough to say, let’s allow the presidential raise be open to every candidate or every region, why are they fighting for their region….
    You people should continue doing objectivity there, we will shut down the entire economy of nigeria on the 29th of March if goodluck loses…we are not fools…watch and see …that is why dollars is going up, because every one is stocking dollars so as to run away when the war start
    Because of boko haram, president goodluck made a northerner national security adviser(NSA) , he gave a northerner minister of defence , he gave a northerner inspector general of police, please what do you expect him to do, put ak47 on his shoulder and go to borno state himself abi
    whenever a people or any ethnic group thinks they are respected in a union, they naturally want to pull out , same thing happened in united kingdom, when english people refused to vote for Gordon Brown, the Scottish asked for a referandum to go their separate ways…we are moving in the wrong side of history

    • ola

      March 22, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      why cant you yourself start blogging since you know how to write stories like this……stupid tribalist

    • Bbbg

      March 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      GEJ has done so much. You seem to be so intelligent. May you feel what the common Nigerians are going through.

    • cindy

      March 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      *checks under bed*……………*searches for 14 million jobs created*………..*finds nothing*…….*stands up and dusts elf*……………..smh oniro……mtchew

    • Shisha Cake

      March 23, 2015 at 12:42 am

      Excuse me, is this about tribe, or about someone who can deliver? Who can move Nigeria forward? I am Igbo, but if it is an Hausa man that will rule this nation and make my life better, let him rule till thy kingdom come. It is this tribalism that has kept Nigeria from moving forward. People would rather vote for someone from their tribe rather than a competent person. You’re canvassing for him because he’s from your tribe. Does he know you? Will he remember you when he gets into office? Lord, when oh when will people become wise?

    • Blessmyheart

      March 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      This is the THIRD time I’m reading this particular write-up on Bellanaija. At least get a new material and stop recycling the same story. I don’t support Buhari but anyone but GEJ

  18. concerned

    March 22, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Etcetera makes some salient points but it’s hard for me to jump on his bandwagon because I’m not sure about his intentions: does he really want to correct social ills or is he just fond of saying controversial things for the infamy and attention?

  19. honey

    March 22, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I kinda agree with him.

  20. ifeanyi

    March 22, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Point On! Hate it or Love it, He just spoke the truth!

  21. Fortune Da Function Guy

    March 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Jonathan is a joker… He’s not just my candidate.

  22. anonymous

    March 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Stop writting irrelevant posts…just try ur hands on oda tins and stop been jealous

    • Talabi

      March 22, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      I wish you’d really learn to spell.

  23. sarah

    March 22, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Make una dey insult una president. If dey give u power 4 one day Wat can u do. U Nigerian u don’t appreciate Wat u have until is 2 late, do u think Apc will be better all off dem are d same even worse. So make we hear word wit dis Buhari nonsense

  24. Omolade

    March 22, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    @OGBOLE , u keep trolling erry site with this same epistle na erryday u dey discuss wif ur fada. I believe afta election u won’t av to discuss anyfin wif him again.

  25. Beeeee

    March 22, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Who invited him? Oga, please post your invitation, showing your name. Lol #boycott indeed

  26. Biodun

    March 22, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Jonathan is a failure for life!

    Actually, nothing good can come out of him (his wife as a ref point).

    • annonymous

      March 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      If you had a successful life, you will not hide behind your tablet and call your president and his wife failures. At least he succeeded in making something of himself- president of Nigeria.! Go get a life please….., go get a life and make a name for yourself. Right now, all you are is a “” faceless internet troll”.

  27. dora

    March 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Etcetera made a point and if the president can see meaningful points from what has said, it will help him channel his attention to areas that needs to be attended to
    He has done nothing wrong by dinning with entertainers after all he is the president, he chooses who to dine and wine with. No body is perfect, leadership is not an easy task. I pray that God will give him wisdom to govern nigerians well

  28. EllesarisEllendil

    March 22, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Because he has too much Sweg.

  29. lola

    March 22, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    if Yoruba’s decides to vote GMB [email protected] has GEJ done to the yorubas?

  30. olivia

    March 23, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Stupid echetara or wat do you call yasef,,,big fool seeking fr publicity.I hv nt even heard ds name in the entertainment industry..people like 2face talk nd u church rat talk too..he-goat.GEJ all the way.

    • Alert!

      March 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Olivia..are you okay?????

  31. Lastborn Usman

    March 23, 2015 at 9:35 am

    The problem is not GEJ, is about his so call cabinets or advisers. take for instance, under the administration of PDP in Kogi state, Governor Wada has made GEJ to fail Kogi as a whole.

  32. prince

    March 23, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I have thought of this over and over again. organizing events and dinning with some selected idiots cos celebrities are suppose to be role models but this ones have chosen to shame themselves.
    I’m not trying to segregate but you can’t See the likes of Omotola, Dakore and in such nonsense gathering. Etcetra has said it all, what those gold diggers are saying is that those that gave them the name matters no more. #boycottsenselesscelebs. #saynototheirmovies

  33. mzyinkis

    March 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    lets think of the masses here,people that cant afford to eat a square meal,people that don’t have access to good education.our president is busy spending money on people that have money and can fend for themselves when Nigeria falls into chaos.why hasn’t he had a day out with children at the orphanage,displaced people,town hall meetings with university students,workers,etc…….He had four years to do something about boko haram and he chose to use the election postponement period to fight them.what kind of a leader is that?Nigerians,please lets think and vote for the right person..if you sell your votes now,you cant do anything about until 2019

  34. mjay

    March 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    people who would he have invited? these celebs contribute there quarter to our economy truth me if he had invited all bellanaija fans, there are does who will complain, if he had invited all the Berger in Niagara, same people will still complain, if he does this, you complain, if he does that, you still complain if I’m the president of this country I will do as deem fit because I can never please everybody let’s be realistic.

  35. Naveah

    March 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    @ Olivia

    You are an undignified celebrity worshipping illiterate!!! *drops mic*

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